After his sleeper success Tanu Weds Manu, starring R Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut and set in small-town India, Aanand L Rai became a sought-after filmmaker. This is where the filmmaker, who claims to come from a “middle-class upbringing” (and is a huge fan of Sai Paranjype and Hrishikesh Mukherjee), feels most at ease. He is likewise drawn to love tales (and appears to enjoy Raj Kapoor films), and the lady, who has a strong sense of self (unlike Raj Kapoor’s films), is perplexed and torn between two options for a life mate.

Girls should also know the difference between boyfriend material and the sort of guy they want to marry. (Are you familiar with Rai’s film Manmarziyan? In Haseen Dillruba’s 2013 movie Raanjhanaa (which garnered a lot of flak for Rai, with even his main actor Abhay Deol acknowledging that the film’s message was retrograde), it was the almost-diabolical love of a spouse and the obsessive stalker sort of love of a male for a girl. Rai, on the other hand, went on to become a successful filmmaker and collaborated with Bollywood’s badshah for the fiasco Zero. However, Rai’s value as a filmmaker has not diminished, since he has a biography of chess champion Vishwanath Anand in the works, with a slew of actors competing for the role of the maestro.

Rai is back with another picture, Atrangi Re, which, according to the director, is “full of love” once again. He noted in an interview that it is a pure and intricate love tale (but humans, not love, are difficult), and that it is “deep.” Atrangi Re is about a twisted (another new way to construct a love storey, yawn!) and intricate love triangle involving three characters — Rinku (Sara Ali Khan), Vishnu (Dhanush), and Sajjad (Akshay Kumar), which will begin streaming on Disney+Hotstar on Friday. (Once again, here we go!)

The tough-talking Rinku is forcibly wedded to Vishnu, but her heart and thoughts belong somewhere else, according to the trailers. Sajjad, who is considerably older and plays a magician, appears in her life and dazzles her with his magnificent words. However, Rai, who appears to gravitate toward south actors for his films, as he did with Madhavan in the critically acclaimed Tanu Weds Manu, is collaborating with Dhanush for the second time. In an interview with a daily, the filmmaker stated that the national award-winning actor from ‘Karnan’ has always been top on his wish list to portray a part in one of his films if he occurred to match the role.

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